The admissions application deadline for each academic year is February 1. In reviewing applicants for doctoral study, the Department of Sociology of Case Western Reserve University gives priority to students with demonstrated academic capability and motivation, and with substantive interests that fit well with the strengths of the Department. Consequently, we do not apply fixed criteria, but review the application in its entirety. We weigh heavily the statement of interest, sample of written work and substantive comments in letters of recommendation, as well as grades and GRE scores. Thus, we place strong emphasis on academic interest and program fit as well as academic potential.  Click here for application information.


Specialties Offered

  • Sociology of Age and the Life Course
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Inequality
  • Research Methods


Placement Objectives


We aim to place our Ph.D. students at research universities, liberal arts colleges, and government and market positions, as well as with postdoctoral fellowships.


Financial Aid


Financial assistance is available in the form of university tuition waivers, research assistantships, and student employment on research grants.